We have two new ewes on the farm! They are icelandic sheep!
Their names are Magpie and Sweetgrass!
They are older sheep, retired from breeding but were looking for a loving home.
We fixed them up a lovely stall of their very own in the barn (:
I kept them in for three days and spoiled them with treats and affection. I wanted them to understand that this is their new home, and that it is a happy, safe place. Here the chickens are saying hello under the door.
And then, on the 4th day, I let them out with the other sheep. Here, Sweetgrass is enjoying the sun on her face (: They explored the property in little bits, and if they were startled by something, ran back to me. I was very happy that they acknowledged me as their shepherdess (: By the end of the day, they were travelling around the pasture with the other sheep, looking like they had always lived here (:
We all love the morning pasture sunlight.
I knew Sweetgrass's wool reminded me of something!
These ewes came to us from a lovely Ontario icelandic farm and I am so looking forward to working with their wool next year! I am NOT, however, looking forward to getting all those burrs out. Sheep and burrs definitely don't mix! I cut down as many burdock plants as I could find in the pasture, but there are so many in other places that frankly, I give up. Next year I will coat the sheep. This year, I am letting go (:
I'll just love them! That's what sheep are for around here!